Today when I opened the front page I noticed the newly added tweet button. I was hit with a feeling of how 'cluttered' the index page is becoming. Mind you, it wasn't the fault of the tweet button, it was just something I hadn't really stopped and put notice to till now. I think its the sheer number of buttons present that is causing that feeling.
There could also be a debate about whether the sub-forum links should be buttons or not (I don't care either way). Aesthetically they fit the theme I think, but I'm just reminded of some of the criticism I've received from some UX engineers about some of the front end work I've done in the past (I'm usually backend). Mainly its that "buttons" should be actions and links should be links. I love
buttons, I think most people do, so I tended to use them a lot. Supposedly, overusing buttons can cause confusion in users or something.
Googling will show that this question has been brought up before:
Admittedly, I don't think it matters too highly in the forum's case since we aren't trying to sell something or raise the awareness of a company. So there is a lot of room for aesthetic freedom in what you (ファブリス) decide to do. I thought it was something to point out though since it never dawned on me as a backend developer, but once it was pointed out I started paying attention to the UI choices that a lot of companies use and noticed many followed similar choices.
I'd be curious what other people thought as well.
Edited: 2015-11-21, 7:26 pm